LG G-Slate To Challenge iPad, Galaxy Tab

“The LG Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network bristles with 3D features”

LG and T-Mobile announced the G-Slate a few hours before Google fully unveiled the power and features of Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The G-Slate will be T-Mobile’s second tablet (following the Samsung Galaxy Tab), but its first Honeycomb device.

The G-Slate boasts some impressive specs. It has an HD 8.9-inch 3D-capable display; viewing 3D content will require glasses. Users will be able to watch 720p HD content on the G-Slate, as well as deliver 1080p HD/3D content via HDMI to other playback devices.
Under the hood, the G-Slate is powered by a dual-core 1Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and it has enhanced 3D graphics support. Android 3.0 Honeycomb supports Flash for native browser video playback, and it has other gaming niceties, such as Wi-Fi, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and adaptive lighting.

As if the G-Slate doesn’t have enough 3D capabilities already, LG decided to endow it with dual-cameras for 1080p HD 3D video capture. The cameras also shoot still images at 5 megapixels, and are supported by an LED flash. The G-Slate also has a 2-megapixel, user-facing camera for video chat support.
LG and T-Mobile said the G-Slate is the first in a coming line of G-series devices. It can access and use T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, which can be used for video chats, TV streaming, and gaming.
At first blush, the G-Slate looks like a contender. Its 8.9-inch display puts it smack in the middle of the 7-inch and 10-inch tablet camps, which could be a positive differentiator for the G-Slate. Devices such as RIM’s PlayBook and the Samsung Galaxy Tab have 7-inch displays, while the Motorola Xoom and Apple iPad have 10-inch (or, near 10-inch) displays. LG says the G-Slate is an ideal device for reading.
With a dual-core processor and 3D graphics support, it sounds as if LG is taking performance seriously — as it should. Many of the tablets primed to hit the market are hoping to snag gamers from other mobile gaming platforms.

Acer Iconia A500 Tablet

Once again, the A500 makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab look pretty shabby.

If you’ve been waiting for Android tablets to catch up with Apple’s iPad, the wait might be over.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the first batch of Android tablets. They reminded me of the early Android smartphones like the HTC Dream – brimming with potential but not quite ready for the big time. After spending some time with the sleek new Acer Iconia Tab A500 running Android 3.0 “Honeycomb”, I feel it’s safe to say Android tablets have come of age.

The 10.1-inch A500 is a thing of beauty and makes a striking first impression. It’s just as slender as the original iPad and is only a tad heavier at 765 gm compared to the iPad’s 680 gm. The A500’s tapered edges help emphasise the feeling of slenderness and the extra weight isn’t really noticeable at first. After a while I found myself resting the A500 on my lap more than I would with the iPad, so I guess you start to feel the weight after a while. That doesn’t bother me too much because I’d say the A500 is designed more for using on the couch than the train. If you’re looking for a smaller and lighter travel companion, keep in mind Acer will also offer a 7-inch A100 – unlike Apple’s one-size-fits-all approach to tablets. The A100 features a pretty meagre 8GB of storage, but the other specs are good and it will most likely be the cheapest entry-level Honeycomb tablet. The wifi-only A100 will be available in June and the 3G/wifi A101 will be available in July.

For now Acer is selling the 16GB wifi-only A500 for $579 and the 32GB wifi-only for $678 – impressive pricing compared to the first-gen Android tablets. The A501 wifi/3G models should be available in June.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

“An Android 3.0 Honeycomb device in a dual-core Tablet for $450 at Best Buy…”

Acer has officially unleashed its Iconia Tab A500, a 10.1-inch tablet poised to defy the likes of Apple and Motorola. Unsurprisingly, Acer is billing its new creation as the ultimate companion device for Web browsing, accessing social networks, reading e-books, listening to music, watching videos, playing games and so on.

Like Motorola’s Xoom, the Tab A500 is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb and a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 250 SoC, which is quick enough for 1080p video playback and mobile gaming. In fact, Acer is shipping the slate with free copies of Need for Speed: Shift and Let’s Golf installed (the former is $5 via the Android Market).

The slate carries a 1280×800 display with 80-degree viewing angles and the ability to register input from all 10 fingers. You’ll also find 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (a 32GB model is in the works), a microSD card reader that can handle up to 32GB cards, a 5MP rear camera with flash and auto-focus and a 2MP front cam.

Motorola Xoom

“The Motorola Xoom is the first Android 3.0 tablet to hit the market…”

That makes it the first Android tablet to ship with an OS that’s designed especially for big screens, and that’s why it’s so exciting.
Every tech gadget must be judged solely on what it provides, its purpose in life, and whether it will help you accomplish tasks and enjoy your media.
With the Motorola Xoom, it’s too easy to make constant iPad (and iPad 2) comparisons. Can you purchase movies as easily? Does the screen get as grimy? Does it cost more?

HTC Flyer Android Tablet

“HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang!”

The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, 1024 x 600 resolution, a tablet-optimized version of Sense, and… what’s this, a pressure-sensitive stylus! The HTC Scribe trademark we saw floating around in legal waters turned out not to be the branding for a tablet, it’s actually the name HTC gives to the technology enabling what it calls a “groundbreaking pen experience.”

LG Slate Tablet

“Even if you don’t care for LG this is a pretty nice exposition… “

T-Mobile and LG have decided not to sit still in the shadow of Motorola and Verizon’s high-powered 4G Honeycomb tablet partnership and have just announced their intention to introduce the T-Mobile G-Slate. Few details are known at present other than those headline-grabbing 4G (or pseudo-4G) capabilities and Android 3.0 operating system. This is probably the exact same tablet that LG is hosting an event for tomorrow. Jump past the break for some video conferencing, browser, and e-reading demos in awesome, fluid, streamable video.

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

The story of the Galaxy Tab has been quite a saga, to say the least…

In fact, it was actually back in May that we first heard rumblings of Samsung’s plans to unleash a 7-inch Android tablet much like its Galaxy S phones, but it was only after months of painful teasing — including a cruel look at just its packaging on the Engadget Show — that Sammy finally unveiled the Galaxy Tab to the world at IFA. The Tab certainly packed the specs — a 1GHz processor, full Flash support thanks to Android 2.2, dual cameras, support for up to 32GB of storage and WiFi / 3G connectivity — to put other Android tablets to shame, and our initial hands-on with it only had us yearning for more. Without pricing and availability, however, the story was at a cliffhanger. Of course, those details trickled out over the next few months, and here in the US, Samsung finally announced that all four major US carriers would be getting Tabs to call their own. Verizon then finally took the lead in announcing pricing, and revealed that its Tab would hit contract-free for $600 — Sprint followed with the same no-contract pricing along with a $400 two-year contract option.

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